Pastoralism unraveling in Mongolia due to low wool prices and high number of goats, creating environmental damage

by Sarah J. Wachter

A pungent odor like turpentine wafts over the hillsides north of the Mongolian capital. It comes from the sharilj, a wild plant that has taken over the scalloped landscape, a telltale sign of overgrazing since the plant is inedible for sheep and goats.